Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Holt Rice, 30 October 1820

Richmond 30th Octr 1820

Allow me, Sir, to offer thro you to the Library of the University of Virginia, a copy of the new edition of Smith’s History. It is a small donation, indeed, but a token of deep interest felt by the donor in the prosperity of that institution. May it become an honour and a blessing to our native state, and a model for the literary establishments of others.

Pardon me, a stranger for adding my most earnest wishes that the last period of your life may be as distinguished for tranquility & happiness, as the former part has been for honourable activity in the service of our country.

With much respect I am &c

John H. Rice

CSmH: Jefferson File.

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